How to Prevent Converse Shoes from Slipping Off Your Kids’ Heels? – The Most Effective Way!
Do your kids ever complain that their feet move too much when they wear Converse and their heels constantly move up and down the shoes? Have you told your kids to wear a different pair of shoes but they insist on wearing Converse? I will show you how to prevent Converse shoes from slipping off your kids’ heels based on my many years of shoe fitting experience.
When children experience heel slippage or too much foot movement inside the shoes it can lead to several foot issues that range from blisters, calluses, and corns, to general foot and leg pain.
Chuck Taylor All Star —also referred to as Converse— is one of the most legendary and iconic sneakers of all time. With more than a billion pairs sold, it makes it one of the best-selling and most popular shoes not just for kids, but adults as well.
The main reason why most children experience heel slippage when they wear Converse is that the shoes lack padding around the heel area compared to most sneakers. Let me prove this to you!
Let’s take a look at the difference in heel padding between pair of Converse shoes and a pair of regular sneakers:
Most sneakers have padding around the heel area but Converse shoes don’t.
Parents have told me how they have tried every trick in the book to prevent Converse shoes from slipping off their kids’ heels, from having them wear an extra pair of socks with the shoes to fitting an extra insole inside the shoes.
As a professional shoe fitter, I have fitted thousands of shoes and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoe hacks to make your kids’ shoes feel and fit better.
How to Prevent Converse Shoes from Slipping Off Your Kids’ Heels?
The most effective way to prevent your kids’ Converse shoes from slipping off of the shoes is by fitting a tongue pad inside of the shoes.
Do you know what a tongue pad is? A tongue pad is an adhesive-backed pad that goes in the tongue of the shoes and works in all enclosed shoes. Tongue pads help prevent heel slippage by snugging up a loose-fitting shoe.
While they are used for several different reasons, tongue pads are known for providing two main things:
1️⃣ Keeping the foot from sliding forward
2️⃣ Keeping the heel from slipping
If you are having a hard time finding tongue pads locally, you can order them from Amazon which also offers the best price for them. Below you can find a selection of the best leather tongue pads for kids.
The Best Tongue Pads
How to Fit Tongue Pads Inside Your Kids’ Shoes? – 2 Simple Steps!
Fitting a tongue pad in a shoe is quite simple since they are self-adhesive and can be easily placed on the tongue of the shoe. The only question that might arise is that you will notice how tongue pads have a larger side to them, so how do you know which side goes where?
I always place the wider end closer to the opening of the shoe. Below you can find a picture of the wider part of the tongue pad, and how it should be placed on the top of the tongue:
If after you place a tongue pad inside of your kids’ shoes your child still complains of heel slippage, you should apply a special shoe lacing technique I came up with. This shoe lacing technique is going to push your kids’ heels back and secure them against the back of the shoes. Let me show you how this shoe lacing technique works in 3 simple steps:
1️⃣ Start by leaving the two top eyelets (small holes of the shoe) of each side of the shoes open – take a look at the image below for clarification:
2️⃣ Grab the shoelaces and go through the top hole first as shown in the image below:
3️⃣ The last step is to go through the holes you left open:
Your child will notice a difference right away!
Make Sure Your Kids’ Converse Are Not Too Long! – Common Mistake!
I noticed that several children experienced too much foot movement and heel slippage from wearing Converse shoes that were too long.
Most parents are not aware that Converse fit really long, which means that they need to order the same size or a half size smaller than their child’s foot size.
Some parents are hesitant to purchase smaller shoes for their kids because they are afraid that they will outgrow them fast, but if the shoes run “long” then you need to accommodate the size that you get for your child. If you have worn Converse before, you probably know exactly what I am talking about. I hope this makes sense to you!
If you want to see a selection of the best Converse shoes for kids I suggest that you take a look at a different article on converse shoes for kids.
Do not hesitate to contact me directly at my e-mail if you have any further questions or if you need a different pair of shoes for your child.
Have you found a different technique that has worked well in preventing your child’s heels from slipping off when wearing Converse? Please share your findings in the comments section below so other families can benefit from your experiences.